The Hilt

The Old Guard Chardonnay

9.132 ratings
9.113 pro ratings
Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Antonio Galloni

Founder, Vinous

9.3

A bit more open than most vintages, but it is also very delicious right now. Solomon Hills, Bien Nacido and Sanford & Benedict fruit.

A bit more open than most vintages, but it is also very delicious right now. Solomon Hills, Bien Nacido and Sanford & Benedict fruit.

Mar 20th, 2020
Al Shikoh

all finesse; nice balance of fruit, mineral, and floral notes with fine cut and no new oak; sourced from Sanford & Benedict, Solomon Hills, and Radian aged 65% in neutral oak and 35% in stainless steel with only 15% MLF; 13% ABV

all finesse; nice balance of fruit, mineral, and floral notes with fine cut and no new oak; sourced from Sanford & Benedict, Solomon Hills, and Radian aged 65% in neutral oak and 35% in stainless steel with only 15% MLF; 13% ABV

May 25th, 2019
Shawn R

Zippy and steely. Nice integration of oak. Acid runs a little high for my taste. Promising future ahead of it. Spin off of Jonata.

Zippy and steely. Nice integration of oak. Acid runs a little high for my taste. Promising future ahead of it. Spin off of Jonata.

May 20th, 2018
Stefan Dolhain

2010 vintage. Santa Barbara County. Chardonnay sourced from 2 vineyards: Sandford & Benedict (55%) and Solomon Hills (45%). From the team behind Jonata. Aged 50% in neutral oak, 25% new oak and 25% stainless steel. Light brilliant yellow. Intense perfumes of white peach, lemon and flowers with a hint of coconut. Concentrated with layers of fruit, a certain minerality and crispy acidity. The oak is present but well-integrated. Long lemon confit finish . This should be even better in a few years.

2010 vintage. Santa Barbara County. Chardonnay sourced from 2 vineyards: Sandford & Benedict (55%) and Solomon Hills (45%). From the team behind Jonata. Aged 50% in neutral oak, 25% new oak and 25% stainless steel. Light brilliant yellow. Intense perfumes of white peach, lemon and flowers with a hint of coconut. Concentrated with layers of fruit, a certain minerality and crispy acidity. The oak is present but well-integrated. Long lemon confit finish . This should be even better in a few years.

Jul 29th, 2017
Peter Marks

Master of Wine, Educator Constellation Brands

8.8

Mineral, lemon and white peach. While lean and crisp on the palate, there's a certain weight and rich texture.

Mineral, lemon and white peach. While lean and crisp on the palate, there's a certain weight and rich texture.

Apr 22nd, 2016
Marty Winters

Really delicious chard from down south by way of @jonataestate

Really delicious chard from down south by way of @jonataestate

Dec 9th, 2014
Frank van den Bosch

This chardonnay is a gastronomic wine and will pair very well with chicken, pork and fish. I drank it with Sous Vide prepared salmon with lemon risotto and it was excellent and made the wine smoother. The complex flavors in the wine like lemon and custard are very intense and the the acid, fruit and mineral are very well balanced. A bone dry chardonnay and probably not everyones cup of tea.

This chardonnay is a gastronomic wine and will pair very well with chicken, pork and fish. I drank it with Sous Vide prepared salmon with lemon risotto and it was excellent and made the wine smoother. The complex flavors in the wine like lemon and custard are very intense and the the acid, fruit and mineral are very well balanced. A bone dry chardonnay and probably not everyones cup of tea.

Jan 11th, 2020
Brenna Ritchey

Meyer lemon; fresh green apple.

Meyer lemon; fresh green apple.

Apr 26th, 2019
Jocholla

White peach, lemon, racey, minerals and high acid. As it warms the vanilla oak is more present. Well composed but not my go to style.

White peach, lemon, racey, minerals and high acid. As it warms the vanilla oak is more present. Well composed but not my go to style.

Jun 20th, 2018
Eric Manago

Slightly less zippy than the Vanguard, but still has that acidic core. Drank it over 3 days and it was still crisp and lively on day 3. Would benefit from some age.

Slightly less zippy than the Vanguard, but still has that acidic core. Drank it over 3 days and it was still crisp and lively on day 3. Would benefit from some age.

Apr 26th, 2018